Cataract Surgery in Brooklyn
A cataract is a clouding of the natural clear lens. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 40, and largely unavoidable. More than half of all Americans over the age of 80 have had a cataract, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. People in Brooklyn seeking cataract surgery trust Dr. Samer Khosrof of Leading Lasik for exceptional results and first-class care.
When Cataract Surgery Is Needed
The eye’s lens is located behind the iris and the pupil and functions much like the lens of a camera. It focuses light onto the retina and adjusts the eye’s focus on objects close up and far away. One of the effects of aging is that the proteins that make up the lens start to clump together and cloud an area of the lens. The clouding progresses over time and covers more of the eye as the cataract slowly grows. All the while, visual acuity suffers. Cataracts cause cloudy or blurry vision, colors that look faded, glare, halos around lights and poor night vision. They may also lead to frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription.
Cataracts do not respond to eyedrops or medication. When they begin to make it difficult to perform daily tasks, such as reading and driving, cataracts should be surgically removed. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the country, and it is safe, simple and relatively painless. According to the National Eye Institute, 90 percent of patients enjoy vision between 20/20 and 20/40 after surgery.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically lasts about 15 minutes. Prior to starting surgery, the pupils are dilated with special drops. The eyes are numbed for total patient comfort.
Dr. Khosrof makes a small incision on the surface of the eye and creates a small circular tear in the capsule that holds the lens. He uses high-frequency ultrasound energy to fragment the cataract-diseased lens into small pieces. Then, Dr. Khosrof removes the pieces of the lens from the eye using gentle suction. He inserts a folded-up artificial lens (called an intraocular lens or IOL) through the initial incision and carefully positions it behind the iris and the pupil where the natural lens was located. Finally, Dr. Khosrof closes the incision with a small stitch and places a protective shield over the eye for the initial recovery.
After surgery, eye redness and blurred vision are fairly common for the first few days. Patients must protect their eyes from the sun and accidental contact while they heal. As an alternative to traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Khosrof also offers laser cataract surgery.
Understanding IOL Options
Cataract surgery patients have a choice in IOLs: standard monofocal IOLs are designed to restore sharp focus at a single fixed distance, whereas multifocal or accommodative IOLs restore focus at multiple distances. Special toric lenses are designed to correct the refractive error known as astigmatism. Dr. Khosrof helps every cataract patient select the IOL that best suits them and their unique visual needs.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Khosrof
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and would like to discuss treatment or you are experiencing suspicious symptoms that may indicate cataracts, Dr. Khosrof can help. Please call 718-630-1070 to make an appointment with the doctor.
Please fill our appointment form, and one of our team members will contact you to schedule an appointment time.
We offer our patients the latest, most effective and virtually painless procedure with rapid results for your eye care needs .